50th Anniversary Ride

Located in Topeka, Kansas, Kaw Valley Bicycle Club was founded in 1971. We are a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote a general interest in bicycling for all types of cyclists—tourists, racers, commuters, and casual riders. The club takes its name from the Kansas or “Kaw” River flowing through Topeka.

Every year KVBC puts on three major rides: the Cottonwood 200 and Capitol Classic in May, and the Bruce Whaley Spirit Ride, a charity memorial ride to benefit the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, in September. While these three rides have been put on hold this year due to COVID-19, we will be hosting a ride to celebrate our 50th anniversary as a club September 18-19, and we invite you to celebrate with us!

The ride will begin and end in Topeka both days with various routes for riders to choose from as we travel through the beautiful landscapes of northeastern Kansas. On both days you will have the option to ride either 50 km (31 miles) or 2 combined loops totaling 50 miles. All routes are on paved roads and will be fully supported with SAGs and restrooms.

Helmets are required on all KVBC-sponsored rides.


September 18 Start: 8:00 am at the Shawnee North Family Aquatic Center, Shelter #1

September 19 Start: 8:00 am at Lake Shawnee, Shelter #1


Early registration will open June 15 and close on September 10. We have separate fees for KVBC members and non-members (early registration only). Day-of registration is also available.

Early Registration Fees – KVBC Members

Single-day Registration – $25

Full-event Registration – $40

Early Registration Fees – Non KVBC Members

Single-day Registration – $35

Full-event Registration – $50

Day-of Registration Fees – All Riders

Single-day Registration – $40

Full-event Registration – $55


Online Registration

Click on the BikeReg logo below to register online (or click here).


Online registration will be open until September 10 at 11:59 PM (central time).

Print Registration

Click here to download a print registration form:  50th Anniversary Ride Print Registration

Complete the form and mail with your ride fee postmarked by September 1 to: Kaw Valley Bicycle Club, P.O. Box 4474, Topeka, KS 66604. If you plan to order a t-shirt, your registration form must arrive by August 18.

There are no refunds after September 1, 2021.


T-shirts are available for pre-order until August 18. There will be a limited number of commemorative t-shirts, socks, and patches available for purchase the day of the ride. If you order your t-shirt before August 18, the price is $12.50. If you purchase it the day of the event, the price is $15 per shirt. Sizes 2XL and above are an additional $2. Youth sizes are also available. You can place an online order for a t-shirt at the BikeReg event website.

Adult Size Chart

Youth Size Chart




Maps will be available in early September, so look for an announcement on the club website and the KVBC Facebook page.


If you have questions about the ride, please email us at kvbctopeka@yahoo.com.